Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund

Title: For Love & Honor 
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0-310-74930-1
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Synopsis:
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?
Review:
Jody Hedlund has done a phenomenal job with this YA series! It is fun, has adventure, appropriate romance, and some fantastic characters that pop off the pages.

This series has been great! Starting off with an Uncertain Choice, then moving into A Daring Sacrifice, and now closing out with For Love and Honor. I love how they all tied together, but they could all stand alone.

I really enjoyed Sabine. She was a great strong character, who also knew how to your her sass and spunk. This story starts off with a robbery, and she wasn't going to stand for it. She let her opinion known. The rest of the story kept going from there. Sabine, used her inner strength for many things, but she was also a wonderful charter in that during her time, she was considered flawed by people, due to a birth mark. Everyone has something that has made with a blemish, but not everyone can see it, but there are people that it can be seen on, and it is about how it is handled.

We also got to see Sit Bennet again. He was one of the three knights from An Uncertain Choice. These guys have been fun and have all offered characteristics that could be characterized as swoon worthy.

Sabine and Bennett were a strong couple and they played well with their strengths, but also were a balance for their weakness.

It has been a fun medieval adventure with this series, and I can't wait to see what Jody Hedlund does next! She is an author who has an amazing gift. I'm so glad she wrote a series for YA.

Too Read!
5 our of 5
About the Author:
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.








Thank you to Zonderkidz, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Title: A Fragile Hope
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-4267-9150-5
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

Synopsis:
Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
Review:
Cynthia Ruchti is an author who I was introduced to a couple of years ago. Her story captured me from the first page and kept me reading to the end. A Fragile Hope was another book that captured me and brought me into the story and kept me hanging on to the end.

Cynthia has a beautiful writing style. It has a realistic feel. It is easy to find a character to relate to. Her characters are flawed. That is what catches me in the story. I can feel what the character feels, and it makes it so much more real.

Her presentation of a marriage in trouble is something I could relate to and because of that it kept me reading. I've been in a bad relationship. The way it was portrayed was  respectful and it opened up a topic that in all honesty is spoken about in church when the marriage has failed, but not before. Couples don't speak about their issues, until the end, so to see it on display in this story was refreshing. It is a bit taboo to speak about in today's society. Especially with social media so prevalent allowing the false fronts to be out there. 

Even with the heavy-ish type of topic, I really enjoyed this story and the story telling. It is a book to read and say, for me anyway, I understand.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.





Giveaway:
When your life's work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Celebrate the release of A Fragile Hope by entering to win Cynthia's Sign of Hope Giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 3. The winner will be announced May 4 on the Litfuse blog.



Thanks to Litfuse, I recieved a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.